Khoza hits back at ANC over charges

Ac­cuses the party of se­lec­tive jus­tice, tar­get­ing her

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI AND MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

DE­SPITE be­ing slapped with mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plinary charges, ANC MP Makhosi Khoza re­mained de­fi­ant yes­ter­day and ac­cused the party of se­lec­tive jus­tice and tar­get­ing her.

Khoza said there were other lead­ers who spoke pub­licly about the re­moval of Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma but were not charged.

“In the re­cent past, sev­eral se­nior ANC of­fi­cials in­clud­ing MPs have pub­licly raised their con­cerns re­gard­ing our pres­i­dent. No ac­tion has been taken against those in­di­vid­u­als,” Khoza said in a state­ment she posted on her Face­book page.

“As a life­long and loyal mem­ber of the ANC, I re­spect the pro­cesses of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and I will at­tend the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing as is re­quired. I do, how­ever, have sig­nif­i­cant reser­va­tions as to the fair­ness I can ex­pect of the process, con­sid­er­ing se­nior lead­ers within the ANC pub­licly call­ing for my dis­missal,” she said.

Khoza said she will at­tend the dis­ci­plinary hear­ing on Septem­ber 10 in Durban.

The ANC yes­ter­day de­nied it was se­lec­tive in its dis­ci­plinary process.

ANC spokesper­son Zizi Kodwa said Khoza had been charged for not heed­ing the many calls to toe the party line.

“The is­sue is her con­duct. She vi­o­lated ev­ery­thing the ANC stood for. She dis­played fla­grant ar­ro­gance,” said Kodwa.

He said Khoza did not lis­ten to re­quests to stop mak­ing pub­lic state­ments that were not in the in­ter­ests of the ANC.

“There were many oth­ers but they were spo­ken to and they never re­peated them,” he said.

“That is be­sides what she said. There are many who said that and she is not the first to say it,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Khoza breached 11 party rules, in­clud­ing be­ing “dis­re­spect­ful to the KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee”.

The doc­u­ment stated Khoza made her state­ments out­side struc­tures of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. “You re­fused and/or failed to use the op­por­tu­nity pro­vided by na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence, which you at­tended to le­git­i­mately raise your views on the plat­form pro­vided. In­stead you pre­ferred to use pub­lic me­dia to do so,” read part of the charge sheet.

It went on to say a “sig­nif­i­cant” part of her state­ments were pub­lic at­tacks on the ANC and its lead­er­ship, which was con­trary to its cul­ture and tra­di­tion.

“Your con­duct was dis­mis­sive and/or de­fi­ant of the process and author­ity of the ANC de­ci­sion-mak­ing mech­a­nism,” read the charge sheet.

On her dis­re­spect­ing the ANC in KZN, the charge sheet said Khoza had been “dis­mis­sive and de­fi­ant of the po­lit­i­cal author­ity of a recog­nised struc­ture of the or­gan­i­sa­tion”.

The ANC KZN said Khoza had 14 days to in­ter­act with the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to agree on a date and venue for her dis­ci­plinary hear­ing, said ANC pro­vin­cial spokesper­son in KZN Mdu­miseni Ntuli.

“The pace will be de­ter­mined by the level of in­ter­ac­tion be­tween her and the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee,” said Ntuli.

He did not want to spec­u­late on what would hap­pen to Khoza if she voted in sup­port of the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Zuma on Au­gust 8.

Kodwa said Khoza would re­main an MP and at­tend to her par­lia­men­tary work.

He said Khoza took an oath of mem­ber­ship when she joined the ANC which ex­pected her to be loyal, re­spect and abide by the de­ci­sions of the party.

“She vi­o­lated her oath of mem­ber­ship. She should have known,” he said.

“Why is she do­ing that to her own or­gan­i­sa­tion? What in­spires her? Why does she think she is above the or­gan­i­sa­tion?”

He said Khoza had be­trayed the trust the ANC had in her. “We trust the MPs. They must not abuse Par­lia­ment. She be­trayed us. Her or­gan­i­sa­tion said what­ever the de­ci­sion the Speaker de­cides on it will sup­port it, whether se­cret bal­lot or not. But the ANC will not vote with the op­po­si­tion. They won’t do that,” said Kodwa.

Khoza said she re­fused to ac­cept pro­tec­tion from Par­lia­ment and the SAPS be­cause they were lax in their ap­proach when she re­ported the death threats made to her three months ago. She had ar­ranged pri­vate pro­tec­tion.

WON’T TOE THE LINE: ANC MP Makhosi Khoza faces charges of breach­ing 11 of the ANC’s rules, in­clud­ing be­ing dis­re­spect­ful of the party’s KZN pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. Pic­ture: Reuters

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